The Lower Southwest District Plan was adopted by PCPC on May 17, 2016.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The Lower Southwest contains large residential areas, a major industrial district and the Philadelphia International Airport. The residential areas are experiencing higher levels of vacancy and lower property values even as new immigrant populations from West Africa and Southeast Asia move to the Lower South district. Despite numerous planned or existing recreation trails that connect such attractions as Cobbs Creek, the Heinz Wildlife Refuge, Fort Mifflin, and Bartram’s Garden, the neighborhoods are mostly isolated from these attractions and the Schuylkill River by industry, wide boulevards, and train tracks. Major industries include Eastwick Industrial Park, the United States Postal Service, and oil refineries. The Philadelphia Airport Auto Mall is adjacent to the industrial park.
Top planning issues include:
Potential expansion of PHL
Market demand for industrial land
Access to the Schuylkill River
Eastwick Focus Area
Eastwick is a residential community that has been plagued by a series of poor circumstances, including urban renewal, flooding, a nearby superfund site, sinking homes, and a rising water table. The Eastwick Focus Area identifies constraints and design principles for new development, all of which are being considered through a consultant-led plan, conducted by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) and City. The PRAA will use this plan to guide new development on a large 132-acre site currently under its control, and help consider options for redevelopment of the former Pepper and ComTech School sites.
Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site
Eastwick is adjacent to Clearview Landfill, which is on the USEPA’s Superfund list for cleanup. As of January 2018, the EPA has completed 90% of the design for the site, which will include an evapotranspiration barrier, remedial wetlands, and forest of new trees. The City is working with EPA to ensure that the plans consider flood control, access for the East Coast Greenway, and the Eastwick Regional Park, which is adjacent to the site.
District Plans include a wide range of recommendations. Some can be acted upon quickly, while others require additional resources or policy changes, or further planning.